“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” William Hazlitt
Ask members to say what makes them smile. Have they a favourite comedy clip or joke? If so, build these into the activity.
This session is largely based on classic TV comedy clips, which will be held in long-term memory for many. Its main aim is to promote smiling and laughter, which as they say is 'the best medicine'. But a few questions to stimulate recall are also included for fun. Give first names to simplify as necessary.
Ask members to complete the following phrases together:
- Smile from ear to EAR
- Grin like a Cheshire CAT
- Crack a SMILE
- Put a smile on someone's FACE
- Grin and BEAR IT
- Smile and the world smiles with you; cry and you cry ALONE
- Belly LAUGH
- Cheer UP
- Good for a LAUGH
- Her face lit UP
- Have the last LAUGH
- Laugh your head OFF
- The cat who got the CREAM
- Smile, it might never HAPPEN
- Smile, you're on candid CAMERA
- Turn that frown UPSIDE DOWN
- It only hurts when I LAUGH
- Say CHEESE
At this point, for members who wish to, you could take a group photograph of people smiling and having a laugh.
You could add in some wigs, glasses, false moustaches etc to make it even funnier.
Show the picture around the room. Better still, print to off to have it on display.
PICTURE & MUSIC QUIZ
1. SONG. 'When You're Smiling', Louis Armstrong -
What was his nickname?
2. 'VICAR OF DIBLEY'
'Wrong church' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2TYGU6OcXk
What are the names of the vicar and verger?
3. 'MR BEAN'
'High dive' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFY0PJO-c20&t=4s
Who plays the character Mr Bean?
4. 'ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES' - INTRO THEME
'Bar' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63rcdLeXiU8
Chandelier' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFuYIi5-igc&t=9s
Auction' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiIIkQO95z4
Name the two lead actors?
5. 'THE TWO RONNIES'
'Fork handles' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNTM9iM1eVw
'Mastermind' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0C59pI_ypQ
What were their surnames?
6. SONG. 'Trail Of The Lonesome Pine', Laurel & Hardy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qApsAPnoH7c
What 1939 film did this song come from?
What were their Christian names?
7. 'CARRY ON CAMPING'
“And fling!” sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdtb2KONpUQ (With a Vic & Bob 'Shooting Stars' parody at the end.
Name the two older 'Carry On' actors at the end of this sketch?
8. 'SOME MOTHERS DO 'AV 'EM'
'Rollerskates' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFLpwRMS00g
Name the two lead actors?
Ask members to do their best "Oo Betty!"
9. 'DAD'S ARMY' - INTRO THEME - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11LZIhF-2QQ
'Don't tell him Pike' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YMVPXmaKds
Who played Captain Mainwaring and Private Pike?
10. 'FAWLTY TOWERS'
'Room with a view' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcliR8kAbzc
Name the Spanish waiter and the actor who played him?
Rearrange the letters into the anagram signs?
11. MONTY PYTHON'S 'LIFE OF BRIAN - TV TITLES - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AxiATxLofk
“What have the Romans ever done for us?” sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvPbj9NX0zc&t=1s
Name the members of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'?
12. SONG. 'Ernie', Benny Hill - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e1xvyTdBZI
What was the name of his horse?
13. 'GAVIN AND STACEY'
'Where's the salad' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLU4O5YqpQc
Who played the part of Uncle Bryn?
14. 'THE HARRY ENFIELD SHOW'
'Who does one think one is?' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cQhdu6pQXs
Which comedians appear in this sketch?
15. 'DAVE ALLEN AT LARGE'
'£10 note' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA-iF45pOlI
What religion was Dave Allen?
16. KENNY EVERETT & BILLY CONNOLLY
'Afternoon tea' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym7IEBntjuY
What is Billy Connolly's nickname?
17. SONG. 'Happiness', Ken Dodd - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIHQIPS68ws
What were his little friends called and where did they come from?
18. 'TOMMY COOPER'
'The duck trick' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu_xuUEKiwQ
Where in Wales would you find a statue dedicated to him?
19. 'MORECOMBE AND WISE' - 'Bring Me Sunshine' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxiV02ou-z0 (lyrics included for a singalong)
'Breakfast' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFgdhZGLJrY
What were their Christian names?
Can anyone do the closing dance?
20. VICTORIA WOOD 'AS SEEN ON TV'
‘Two Soups’ sketch - https://www.facebook.com/bbccomedy/videos/1725092734177804/
What was Julia Walters character called in 'Acorn Antiques'?
21. 'THE ROYALE FAMILY'
'Breast implants' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DARSIF3QXtA
Which TV soap did Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnson first star in together?
22. 'THE OFFICE'
'Charity dance' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6Eaz-1_3iA
Who wrote and starred in 'The Office'?
Where was it set?
23. 'BLACKADDER GOES FOURTH'
'General Melchett visits the troops' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDQ1ljlnSjU&t=30s
Who played General Melchett?
Which vegetable did Baldrick love?
24. SONG. 'I'm A Lumberjack', Michael Palin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshU58nI0Ts
Which travel show did he present in the late 1980s?
25. 'THE ONE RONNIE'
'I've got a problem with my Apple!' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAG39jKi0lI
How tall was Ronnie Corbett?
26. 'ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS'
'Wine tasting' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwBAI5wcuLw
Name the two lead actresses and their characters?
27. 'NOT THE NINE O'CLOCK NEWS'
'Gordon The Gorilla' sketch - https://www.facebook.com/ClassicComedyUK/videos/1929750117080908/
Name the four comedians?
28. 'GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME'
'Going for an English' sketch - https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6perng
Who sang the song on which this show is based?
Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUZCXaStvnc
29. 'ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE'
'Telephone' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0tiNwOpZ68
Who starred as Victor Meldrew?
What was his catchphrase?
30. 'THE GOLDEN GIRLS'
'Best bits' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ogsxAwo9kk
Name the cast?
31. SONG. 'Walking On Sunshine', Katrina And The Waves -
What was their Eurovision winning song in 1997?
32. 'Feeling Good', Nina Simone -
What was her hit song when the video portrayed her as a plasticine cat?
Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYSbUOoq4Vg
33. SONG. 'Make Me Smile', Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel -
Ask members to list things that make them smile?
Ask members if I missed any classic comedy moments and find them on YouTube
BEST JOKES EVER (ALLEGEDLY!)
Finish by reading out some of these jokes.
1. A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: ''Ugh, that's the ugliest baby I've ever seen!'' The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: ''The driver just insulted me!'' The man says: ''You go up there and tell him off. Go on, I'll hold your monkey for you.''
2. ''I went to the zoo the other day, there was only one dog in it, it was a shitzu.''
3. ''Dyslexic man walks into a bra''
4. A young blonde woman is distraught because she fears her husband is having an affair, so she goes to a gun shop and buys a handgun. The next day she comes home to find her husband in bed with a beautiful redhead. She grabs the gun and holds it to her own head. The husband jumps out of bed, begging and pleading with her not to shoot herself. Hysterically the blonde responds to the husband, ''Shut up...you're next!''
5. A classic Tommy Cooper gag ''I said to the Gym instructor "Can you teach me to do the splits?'' He said, ''How flexible are you?'' I said, ''I can't make Tuesdays'', was fifth.
6. Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one - and let the other one off.
7. Two aerials meet on a roof - fall in love - get married. The ceremony was rubbish - but the reception was brilliant.
8. Another one was: Doc, I can't stop singing the 'Green Green Grass of Home'. He said: 'That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome'. 'Is it common?' I asked. 'It's not unusual' he replied.
9. I'm on a whiskey diet. I've lost three days already.
10. A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arm and says: ''Pint please, and one for the road.''
11. I went to the doctors the other day and I said, 'Have you got anything for wind?' So he gave me a kite.
12. My mother-in-law fell down a wishing well, I was amazed, I never knew they worked.
13. I saw this bloke chatting up a cheetah; I thought, ''He's trying to pull a fast one''.
14. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named 'Amal.' The other goes to a family in Spain, they name him Juan'. Years later; Juan sends a picture of himself to his mum. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wished she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, ''But they are twins. If you've seen Juan, you've seen Amal.''
15. There's two fish in a tank, and one says ''How do you drive this thing?''
16. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.
17. When Susan's boyfriend proposed marriage to her she said: ''I love the simple things in life, but I don't want one of them for my husband''.
18. ''My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.''
19. I rang up British Telecom, I said, ''I want to report a nuisance caller'', he said ''Not you again''.
20. I met a Dutch girl with inflatable shoes last week, phoned her up to arrange a date but unfortunately she'd popped her clogs.
21. A jump-lead walks into a bar. The barman says ''I'll serve you, but don't start anything'.'
22. Slept like a log last night........ Woke up in the fireplace.
23. A priest, a rabbi and a vicar walk into a bar. The barman says, ''Is this some kind of joke?''
24. A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says ''Sorry we don't serve food in here''
25. The other day I sent my girlfriend a huge pile of snow. I rang her up, I said ''Did you get my drift?''.
26. I cleaned the attic with the wife the other day. Now I can't get the cobwebs out of her hair.
27. Went to the paper shop - it had blown away.
28. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. ''But why?'' they asked, as they moved off. ''because,'' he said ''I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.''
29. I was in Tesco's and I saw this man and woman wrapped in a barcode. I said, ''Are you two an item?''
30. I'm in great mood tonight because the other day I entered a competition and I won a years supply of Marmite......... one jar.
31. So I went to the Chinese restaurant and this duck came up to me with a red rose and says ''Your eyes sparkle like diamonds''. I said, ''Waiter, I asked for a-ROMATIC duck''.
32. Four fonts walk into a bar the barman says ''Oi - get out! We don't want your type in here''
33. I was having dinner with Garry Kasporov (world chess champion) and there was a check tablecloth. It took him two hours to pass me the salt.
34. There was a man who entered a local paper's pun contest.. He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.
35. I went down the local supermarket, I said, ''I want to make a complaint, this vinegar's got lumps in it'', he said, "Those are pickled onions''.
36. I backed a horse last week at ten to one. It came in at quarter past four.
37. I swear, the other day I bought a packet of peanuts, and on the packet it said ''may contain nuts.'' Well, YES! That's what I bought the buggers for! You'd be annoyed if you opened it and a socket set fell out!''
38. A lorry-load of tortoises crashed into a trainload of terrapins. What a turtle disaster.
39. My phone will ring at 2 in the morning, and my wife'll look at me and go, ''Who's that calling at this time?' ''I don't know! If I knew that we wouldn't need the bloody phone!''
40. I said to this train driver ''I want to go to Paris". He said ''Eurostar?'' I said, ''I've been on telly but I'm no Dean Martin''.
41. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. But when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.
42. I've got a friend who's fallen in love with two school bags, he's bisatchel.
43. You see my next-door neighbour worships exhaust pipes, he's a catholic converter.
44. A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: ''I'm looking for the man who shot my paw.''
45. I tried water polo but my horse drowned.
46. I'll tell you what I love doing more than anything: trying to pack myself in a small suitcase. I can hardly contain myself.
47. So I met this gangster who pulls up the back of people's pants, it was Wedgie Kray.
48. Went to the corner shop - bought four corners.
49. A seal walks into a club...
50. I went to the Doctors the other day, and he said, 'Go to Bournemouth, it's great for flu'. So I went - and I got it.
2. GERALDINE GRAINGER & ALICE TINKER
3. ROWAN ATKINSON
4. DAVID JASON & NICHOLAS LYNDHURST
5. RONNIE BARKER & RONNIE CORBERT
6. 'WAY OUT WEST'
STAN & OLLIE